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    A grandson of slaves, a boy was born in a poor neighbourhood of New
    Orleans known as the "Back of Town." His father abandoned the family
    when the child was an infant. His mother became a prostitute and the
    boy and his sister had to live with their grandmother.

    Early in life he proved to be gifted for music and with three other
    kids he sang in the streets of New Orleans . His first gains were
    coins that were thrown to them.

    A Jewish family, Karnofsky, who had immigrated from Lithuania to the
    USA , had pity for the 7-year-old boy and brought him into their home.
    Initially giving 'work' in the house, to feed this hungry child.

    There he remained and slept in this Jewish family's home where, for
    the first time in his life, he was treated with kindness and

    When he went to bed, Mrs. Karnovsky sang him a Russian Lullaby that he
    would sing with her. Later, he learned to sing and play several
    Russian and Jewish songs. Over time, this boy became the adopted son
    of this family.

    The Karnofskys gave him money to buy his first musical instrument; as
    was the custom in the Jewish families. They sincerely admired his
    musical talent.

    Later, when he became a professional musician and composer, he used
    these Jewish melodies in compositions, such as St. James Infirmary and
    Go Down Moses.

    The little black boy grew up and wrote a book about this Jewish family
    who had adopted him in 1907. In memory of this family and until the
    end of his life, he wore a star of David and said that in this family,
    he had learned "how to live real life and determination."

    You might recognize his name. This little boy was called: Louis
    "Satchmo" Armstrong. Louis Armstrong proudly spoke fluent Yiddish!
    And "Satchmo" is Yiddish for "Big Cheeks"!!!

    And I bet you did not know any of this. I sure didn't, he was one of the greatest musician band leader of his time
    Last edited by Pearl MCX Man; 07-04-2016 at 01:11 PM.

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    Great story.................
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    I was not aware of any of this. Great story, and thank you for posting this.

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    Thanks, when I read it I was surprised at who or what it was about till the end. Louis Armstrong was a great trumpet player and band leader. So I figured it was worth posting here on DC. " What a wonderful world " was my favorite of his songs.
    Last edited by Pearl MCX Man; 07-06-2016 at 03:05 PM.

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    Great story! Thanks for sharing.


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